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The Eagle Eye

St. John's weekly newsletter to parents, faculty and staff

Banner #3, August 28, 2017

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 28 August 2017


St. John Lutheran School

August 28, 2017 Number 3

The Principal’s Pen

I am a Christian and my name is Pilgrim

I'm on a journey but I'm not alone

Jesus is with me and He goes before me

And His love surrounds me He's leading me Home

This is the chorus from the song “I Am A Christian” by NewSong. We have been singing this song in chapel and have connected it with our theme this year: Never Alone – Walk On. We chose this song because of the close connections with our theme and theme verse in John 8:12.

The chorus reminds us that as Christians we are also pilgrims. When you hear that word you probably think of the early European settlers and the first Thanksgiving. That’s not a bad thing to think of although in this sense the word pilgrim has a more general meaning of traveler. The chorus continues to remind us that we are on a journey, but we don’t take it alone. Jesus is with us. He goes before us. His love surrounds us. Jesus is leading us, not just here on earth, but to our heavenly home.

Sometimes our journey will sometimes be easy. Sometimes it will be hard. Sometimes we won’t understand why we’re experiencing what we are. But, we can be comforted, and encouraged, in knowing that Jesus is with us. May you Walk On in your journey secure in knowing that you are Never Alone.

Remember who's with you

Remember He's strong

And when you are weary

He'll carry you on

VERY IMPORTANT Back-To-School Night!

Please block the evening of Monday, September 11, on your calendar! We are changing the focus of this night from what we have done the past few years. We will begin at 6:00 with a parent meeting with Mrs. Walz in the Worship Center. Around 6:45 we will break out into the classrooms to learn more about our new science curriculum. We are excited to share more about this inquiry-based, hands-on science program. Students are expected to attend as they will be helping to demonstrate the science activities. The evening will be finished around 7:30. Please plan now to attend, and watch for more specific details in the weeks to come.

Please make this event a very important part of your calendar and make every effort to attend! Thank you!

ParentAlert Test Call

Be on the lookout for a Parent-Alert call on Wednesday, September 7th, at 7:00 p.m. This is how we will notify parents of delays/cancellations and other important messages, so if you don’t get the call, or want to receive the call on a different number, please let us know!

School Picture Day

Wednesday, September 13

A parent helper would be appreciated! Talk with Mrs. Thiem.

Congratulations Summer Enrichment Students!

Last summer, 30 students logged their physical activity, reading minutes, and/or summerbook activity. At last Friday’s party we handed out 10 bronze medals, 8 silver medals, and 56 gold medals to these students. Way to go! The following students participated in the program:

Trevor Conrad, Grace Hulbert, Aubrey Kammerer, Lincoln Moser, Andrew Stahl, Hugh Conrad, Serenity Hayden, Evan Huelsenbeck, Lydia Hulbert, Danica Sattison, Christian Short, Elizabeth Walkup, Nathaniel Bontrager, Fyo Hayden, Lexy Kammerer, Lillian Smoot, Brody Workman, Rhoda Bontrager, Andrew McKinley, Allison Walkup, Santiago Espinoza, Taryn Haines, Lilly Moser, Addison Hampshire, Lex Moser, Ashlynn Myers, Naomi Schroeder, Olivia Tibbs, Matthew McKinley, and Aowyn Myers.

Congratulations also to Matthew McKinley, winner of the Craft Prize Pack, Christian Short, winner of the Music Prize Pack, and Olivia Tibbs, winner of the Books Prize Pack!

The Banner

Starting Tuesday, Sep. 5 (because we are off on Monday for Labor Day), The Banner, our school newsletter, will be sent home with the youngest child in the family. This is an important communication method and one that we hope you will read each week. Other information from the school office will also go home with the youngest child in the family. If you would prefer another child in your family be the one to bring items home please notify the school office. In a few weeks we will be asking whether you want to continue to receive a paper copy of The Banner or read an electronic copy.


First Trimester Chapel Offerings

Chapel offerings collected during the first trimester of this school year will go to support the Friendship Connection Food Pantry here in Kendallville. This is a wonderful community connection and a way to bless our community.

Children are encouraged to bring an offering each week. Giving an offering is a part of our worship as we saw thank you to God for all the He provides for us. The amount of the gift is much less important that the attitude behind the gift – an attitude of gratitude!

As we go through this trimester, we will also be taking up a food collection. Watch for the details. In the meantime we hope that you will encourage and support your child in this opportunity to give back to God by helping others!

RenWeb ParentsWeb

RenWeb is our school information system and ParentsWeb is the parent portal. You all used this for the online enrollment. But, there is much more available to you in ParentsWeb. Here are a few points to get you started:

● All communication in RenWeb happens through email. Any message we send you will come to your email inbox. To communicate with a teacher, just send them an email. All teachers have emails in the following structure: first initial last name @stjohneagles.org (ex: twalz@stjohneagles.org).

● There is a basic calendar on the ParentsWeb homepage.

● Under ‘School information’ – ‘Directory’ there are both family and staff directories.

● Under ‘School Information’ – ‘Resource Documents’ you will find our Parent Handbook and the weekly Banner.

● Under ‘Student Information’ – ‘Grades’ you will be able to see your child’s grades (in grades 3rd-8th) when they are entered by the teachers.

● Under ‘Student Information’ – ‘Attendance’ you will be able to see your child’s attendance record.

● Under ‘Family Information’ – ‘Family Billing’ you will be able to see your hot lunch account and extended care charges and make online payments to these accounts. (Please note: a NEGATIVE balance in your account reflects a credit. A POSITIVE balance in your account reflects charges to be paid.)

● The ParentsWeb site is: https://sjl-in.client.renweb.com/pw/ Our school code if SJL-IN. Your username and password are the ones you set up when you enrolled.

We hope that you will become familiar with ParentsWeb and use it regularly for these various uses and more!

Why Does the Staff Wear Jeans?

If you’re in the building on Fridays you might have noticed many staff members wearing jeans. You may be wondering why? We’re enjoying the opportunity to dress down, but we’re also supporting our Chapel offering project. Each staff member pays a dollar each Friday to be able to wear jeans. Comfort and a good cause!

School Delays

While we hope we won’t face weather delays and cancellations any time soon, we know that the possibility for fog, ice, and snow delays exists at any time. When such delays and cancellations occur, you will receive a Parent Alert phone call. You will also see or hear “St. John Lutheran School, Kendallville” on the following media outlets:

WANE-15 WAWK-1140 WPTA-21

WBCL-90.3 WISE-33 WLAB-89.7

St. John will, with very few exceptions, follow the East Noble School Corporation on weather related issues. Delayed starts will be handled as follows:

2-HOUR DELAY: School will begin at 10:00 A.M. and will dismiss at the regular time. Extended care will be available. All morning preschool classes will begin at 10:00 and dismiss at 11:30. The afternoon preschool class will meet at its regular time.

3-HOUR DELAY: School will begin at 11:00 A.M. and will dismiss at 3:55. Extended care will be available. Morning preschool classes will not meet if there is a 3-hour delay. The afternoon preschool class will meet at its regular times. Extended care will be available free of charge to preschool students who have an older sibling enrolled who won’t be dismissed until 3:55.

COLLABORATION MONDAY: 2-hour delays that occur on a Monday will begin at 10:00 A.M. 3-hour delays that occur on Monday will begin at 11:00 A.M.

Student Directory To Be Published

We will soon publish our annual booklet which contains names, addresses, and phone numbers of our families. If you do not wish for any of this information to be published – YOU MUST INFORM MRS. THIEM. If we do not hear from you by September 5, we will assume it is your desire to make this information public.

Also, divorced or separated families, if you have a preference as to how you are listed, please talk with Mrs. Thiem. Thank you.

Volunteer Handbooks

Thank you to the families who have returned their volunteer form from the volunteer handbook that was available at our Open Classroom night! We are sending these handbooks home with students again today. Please take some time to look at the opportunities to serve and return the form with your indications of where and how you best want to serve. We are looking for all families to be involved in one of these activities in addition to working at the Apple Festival. We know that as we partner together we can provide great educational and fun events for our children!

Save the Date – Grandparent’s Day

Tuesday, Sep. 19, will be our annual Grandparent’s Day. It’s on this day that we welcome Grandparents (and other special guests!) to our building for special activities during the afternoon. We’ll start at 1:00 with our chapel service. More details will come, but we wanted you to know the date and start inviting your grandparents or other special guests!

AR Home Connect

All of our classes, 1st-8th grade, use Accelerated Reader (AR) as a reading motivator. After reading certain books, students take multiple-choice quizzes to measure their comprehension. They earn points based on how well they did. Most teachers have students set goals for how many points they can get in a month or trimester. Some students have rewards for certain point levels. Some teachers connect these points to a small portion of the reading grade.

You are receiving a letter with information on how to access a website called Home Connect. This website allows you to see all of the AR books your child has read, in this year and previously. You can also see how well your child did on the quiz. You can also set up the system to email you with the results every time your child takes a quiz. We highly encourage you to take advantage of this website as a way of keeping track of what your child is reading and how he is doing on the quizzes.

Keep Money Separate, Please

Please keep all payments separate. All payments must be made on separate checks as they are deposited in many different ways at various locations. Thank you for your help!



This year Confirmation Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:00pm in the Worship Center. Confirmation is a Christian Discipleship program for young people who are in the 6th and 7th grade in school. The program is two years in length with one year devoted to a study of the Old and New Testaments and the other year focused on the “Six Chief Parts” (topical study of the Bible). This year 2017-18 we will be studying the Old and New Testaments. Confirmation is our church’s way of assisting Christian parents to Train up a child in the way they should go, and when they are old, they will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6). Therefore, we are asking that an adult parent or guardian accompany each child to confirmation classes.

These classes will also serve as a “New Member Information” class for any adults who desire to become confirmed members of St. John Lutheran Church.

An orientation meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 7:00pm in the worship center. The confirmation program will be explained and students will be registered that evening.

Classes will begin the following Wednesday evening, September 27, 2017 and will continue throughout the school year until Confirmation Sunday, which will be on Sunday, May 6, 2018 this year.

If you have any questions about Confirmation, call or email Pastor Shriner at (260) 347-2158 or bshriner@sjlc.net.

FACTS Tuition Payments

Keep in mind that changes can be made in your FACTS tuition agreement should a need arise. Perhaps you have received a windfall and would like to make an advance payment, or perhaps you are having particular financial strains and need an adjustment. See Mrs. Thiem for assistance and she will direct you to Mr. Walz if needed. Please contact us at least 10 days before payment is set to be deducted from your account.

SCRIP Needs You

Our SCRIP program is easy to use and can be a valuable financial blessing for both the school and your family. Parents can buy gift cards at face value for many local and national retailers. When you purchase the cards St. John receives a percentage back, varying from 3% to up to 25%. St. John uses that money to provide for the education of all students. However, we also credit half of the percentage amount that we get to your family. You can pay for tuition, extended care, hot lunch and other things. Your family wins and St. John wins! Stop in the office for more information and to purchase your first SCRIP cards. See Mrs. Thiem if you need more information.

Effective today. Monday, Aug. 28,, the price of a student lunch is being increased to $2.35. Although we submitted our prices this summer, we just received word of this new price. Our prices are set as a part of the Federal Lunch Program and are not something we control.

No Refrigeration Available

Please do not send snacks or lunches to school that require refrigeration. Ice packs made specifically for cooling lunch boxes are available quite inexpensively at local retailers and serve the purpose of keeping the lunch cool until needed.

No Pop

There will be no soft drinks during the school day. This also means that parents who bring in food for a special treat for their child’s lunch should opt for an alternative drink. Students bringing their lunch from home may not consume pop even if it is brought to school in their lunch box.

Asthma Inhaler?

If your child uses a doctor-prescribed inhaler to treat bronchial asthma, it is our policy that the inhalers be kept in the locked cabinet in the school office. However, if your doctor feels this is inadequate for the severity of your child’s situation and the inhaler needs to be kept with the child, please have him/her issue a written statement to that effect. Return that to the school office as soon as possible. Thank you!

Apple Festival Time IS Near!

This year’s Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 & 8. A sign-up sheet was sent home last week and another is coming with today’s Banner for those who have not yet responded. Our apple fritters are an important part of the Apple Festival and this effort is a major fundraiser for our school. All of our families need to be involved with this huge project in some way. In fact, since apple peeling and the actual Festival are two weeks apart, we REALLY encourage and appreciate those parents who help with both tasks!!! In addition to the valuable work you are doing, you will enjoy the time you spend making new friends and socializing with familiar ones.

Twenty-first Century Scholars

Twenty-first Century Scholars application forms should be available online at www.scholars.in.gov. The website also lists recent legislative changes to the program. Income-eligible students who take a pledge as a seventh or eighth-grader may be eligible for up to four years of paid tuition at an Indiana college following high school graduation.

God desires His followers to be praying people. Our teachers and staff take this responsibility seriously and want to help your children be praying people also. Each week our teachers will pray for 5 school families during our teacher devotions. We will also pray for these families in All School Devotions and Chapel and in the classrooms. We will list the family names here so that you can pray for these families at home as well. If you have a specific prayer need, whether it is your week for prayer or not, please let us know through your teacher, the office, or the prayer request box located by the other collection boxes in the church lobby.

This week, the following St. John students & their families will be included in prayer:

Grace Hulbert, AnnLarie Mossman, Aaralynn Willison, Browning Cheesman, and Leah Downam

Recycle, Please!

Now that school is back in session, I want to remind you to recycle the empty ink jet cartridges as well as any cell phones, MP3 Players, I-PODS, and Laptop computers. Some cell phones and Blackberrys can earn up to $100.00. Name brand laser cartridges can also be accepted – but NO off-name laser cartridges, please! You can give them to Mrs. Thiem if they are large items, or put them in the wooden collection box in the church lobby. Thanks for helping to keep our world clean and making money for your school!

Free and Reduced Price Lunches

If you have not turned in your application for free or reduced price lunches, please do so immediately. The government reimburses our school above and beyond the cost of these lunches, so it is a benefit to us as well as you to use this if you qualify. Applications are strictly confidential.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Trae Mossman, Cooper Leininger, and Braylo Shire

We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

More Ways To Benefit our School

• When shopping on Amazon, consider using Amazon Smile. If you designate St. John, we receive a portion of the proceeds of your purchase. Visit amazon.smile.com!

• Campbell’s Soup Labels for Education program is coming to a close. If you have any labels, please turn those in so we can redeem them before the end-of-the-year deadline.

• New items to collect: One of our school parents has volunteered to head the collection of TYSON Project A+ Program points, as well as AUNT MILLIE’S SCHOOL SPIRIT points. Please begin saving those items and deposit them in the collection boxes in the lobby. There are no specific bins for those items, so just place them in one of the bins and we will separate them. These extra ways to earn a few dollars really benefits our school and students. Each Tyson label is worth $.24 and that will add up quickly! Thanks!


Our friends at First Christian Church invite children age 3 through 5th grade to their AWANA Club for Kids. Registration/Parent Information Night is on September 6 from 6-7:30 p.m. Parents must come to register their child. There are some small costs involved. For more information, call the church at 347-1729 or visit their website - @FirstCHristianKendallville.com

The Week Ahead - Aug. 28 – Sept. 4, 2017

Monday, August 28

3:00 – 4:30 – Varsity Volleyball practice

4:15 – Home soccer game @ Sports Complex

4:30 – 6:00 – JV Volleyball practice

Tuesday, August 29

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 4:30 – Soccer Practice

3:00 – 4:30 – Varsity Volleyball practice

4:30 – 6:00 – JV Volleyball practice

Wednesday, August 30

3:00 – 4:30 – JV Volleyball practice

4:30 – 6:00 – Varsity Volleyball practice

Thursday, August 31

3:00 – 4:30 – Varsity Volleyball practice

4:15 – Home Soccer game @ Sports Complex

4:15 – JV Volleyball game @ SJ Emmanuel

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, September 1

Saturday, September 2

Sunday, September 3

8:00 – Worship Service in Sanctuary

9:15 – Adult Bible Class & Sunday School

10:30 – Worship Service in Worship Center

Monday, September 4- Labor Day – No School

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